American Vintage '59 Stratocaster®


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American Vintage '59 Stratocaster®, Slab Rosewood Fingerboard, Sherwood Green Metallic

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American Vintage '59 Stratocaster®, Slab Rosewood Fingerboard, 3-Color Sunburst

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American Vintage '59 Stratocaster®, Slab Rosewood Fingerboard, Black

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American Vintage '59 Stratocaster®, Slab Rosewood Fingerboard, Faded Sonic Blue

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American Vintage '59 Stratocaster®, Maple Fingerboard, 3-Color Sunburst

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American Vintage '59 Stratocaster®, Slab Rosewood Fingerboard, Sherwood Green Metallic

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The American Vintage series introduces an all-new lineup of original-era model year guitars that bring Fender history and heritage to authentic and exciting new life. With key features and pivotal design elements spanning the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s, new American Vintage series instruments delve deep into Fender's roots—expertly preserving an innovative U.S. guitar-making legacy and vividly demonstrating like never before that Fender not only knows where it's going, but also remembers where it came from.

The American Vintage Series has long presented some of Fender's best selling guitars (their early-'80s introduction, in fact, was one of the first signs that Fender was "back" as the CBS era ended). Today, Fender has boldly cleared the slate to make way for a fresh American Vintage series with new features, new specs and the most meticulous level of vintage accuracy yet. Rather than just replacing the previous models with different ones, we've completely and comprehensively re-imagined the entire vintage-reissue concept—restoring original tooling dies, voicing new pickups, reformulating vintage colors and more—based on actual vintage guitars we tracked down to make sure we had it right. We did the work, and it shows, because there's pure tonal magic in each new American Vintage instrument.

The American Vintage '59 Stratocaster® guitar presents two versions of that year's pivotal transitional model; one from early 1959 and one from later 1959. Both have the slim-profile "D"-shaped maple neck of that year, with the earlier version featuring a maple fingerboard and single-ply white pickguard with eight holes; the later version featuring a rosewood slab fingerboard and three-ply mint green pickguard with 10 holes and vintage-style edge bevels. Both also feature a lightweight alder body, aged plastic knobs and vintage-accurate pickups, bridge saddles, tuner spacing and more.

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Elegant in its simplicity

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surgeon00@yahoo.com on August 2, 2014 (updated August 4, 2014)
Blues Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock

I saw what initially looked like a rather plain looking guitar in the shop along with what seemed like way too high of a price tag. That caused me to take a close look. Nothing fancy about it. Plain old bent steel saddles, old 8-hole pick guard that didn't quite fit flush to the body, old screw-in tremolo bar, old looking knobs and pickups, old thin looking finish, and old 7.25 radius neck. But somehow the lack of fancy upgrades made it look more authentic. Then I picked it up. Wow... pretty light, I thought. Then I wrapped my hand around the neck. Hmm... best feeling neck ever? And despite the 7.25 radius, lowest action I've ever felt. Then I plucked a string. The entire guitar vibrated and resonated almost like an acoustic. Then I plugged it in. Now this is how a strat is supposed to sound.

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Love the Neck!

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djk55 on April 15, 2014
Blues Jazz Alternative Rock Classic Rock

I purchased the Fender American Vintage '59 Stratocaster around 6 months ago and love everything about this guitar. The vintage features were what I was looking for when choosing a new guitar and this guitar is spot on. The slim D neck is the most comfortable neck I have ever played. The vintage style frets were my only concern when trying this guitar out, but after trying one out in a local guitar shop, I was impressed considering all of my other guitars have medium or jumbo frets. I would recommend trying one out before purchasing though. I've owned other Strats with vintage style frets and didn't like it as much. The pickups sound fantastic through my Fender amps and couldn't ask for anything more out of it. I plan on keeping this one for forever. The faded Sonic Blue finish looks much better in person than any images found online also.

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Great Guitar

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sonicox7256 on March 25, 2014 (updated March 26, 2014)
Classic Rock

This is a really nice guitar. Right out of the box it feels like an old friend. The fretboard radius and vintage fret size combined with the neck shape to offer fantastic comfort and playability. The faded sonic blue nitro finish and vintage hardware nail the vibe I was after. The case is another matter. I like the look, but the build quality is lacking and the guitar does not fit well in the case. I also feel that the price is a bit higher with this reissue. I was lucky to find one with a minor paint chip and got a significant discount. All in all, a wonderful instrument that I plan to keep forever.

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My '59

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hartyg on March 12, 2014 (updated March 16, 2014)
Gospel Classic Rock Country Bluegrass

I have owned a Faded Sonic Blue Stratocaster with rosewood board since December 28, 2012, and by far the best guitar I have ever owned. I had a 62 reissue for 27 years and although not year period correct in detail, I was very happy with it. Still wanted a real '59. I found out Fender was making a new vintage series but wanted an original before that and did not have that kind of money for one. I prayed for Fender to come out with something more original and I got the first ever one that came to Canada in 2012. This is an awesome guitar all year period correct even the case. You have gone above the call of duty Fender.
Keep up your awesome work. I sure like the whole new line of vintage guitars you are making. Overall rating 5 Star plus
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Brilliant!!!!

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edwardjtoscano on February 11, 2014 (updated February 12, 2014)
Semi-Professional Blues R&B Funk Alternative Classic Rock

I have 4 Strats, American Classic and Deluxe Model. There are some things that cannot be put into words, but picking up this Guitar is like being transported in time, it really feels, plays, sounds like an early Strat. Sounds nothing like my other American Standards. The finish is amazing, the laquer does wear so be careful if you like to keep your guitars perfect. I have had mine for a few weeks and I can see where the laquer is wearing but that's fine with me. If you want a Strat that you can keep forever, buy this guitar you will not be dissapointed.

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Best guitar I own!

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JiDo on December 20, 2013 (updated December 23, 2013)
Amateur Blues Funk Alternative Rock Classic Rock

I have owned a MIM strat for over 5 years, and an American made Telecaster for just under a year. But I have always wanted "that" strat that im going to love for a very long time in sunburst.. My MIM strat is white, and when I bought it there were no sunbursts available at that time. Things happen for a reason because I feel like I was meant to have this 59 reissue that I have now.

I kept going to the music stores and doing my research, and I was sort of considering an American standard in sunburst and rosewood fingerboard. The deluxe features never really caught my attention. I just kept picking up stratocasters without the mindset of "im walking out today with a strat in hand" but I just felt that when the time is right and the guitar is right, i will know!

And finally one day, a used 59 reissue was in the store. Without knowing what it really was, i just saw a sunburst strat. Played it unplugged and it played like butter, sounded amazing acoustically - and even better plugged in! It was just unreal. However I wasn't quite ready to pay the price of such product.

Two weeks later I went to the store to try more guitars and felt really sad that the guitar I wanted to see again wasn't there. After an hour of picking up strats, I saw it on a different rack on my way out! The next time I was in, I rented it out for the day to try and play at home for over an hour. And the same night I called the store up to inform them that I was buying it. It was used with some of the finish chipped off. It had character and i love it!

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First new Fender that I have owned since 1967

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old1060 on October 23, 2013 (updated October 23, 2013)
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That's right Kiddies! For Xmas in 67', I got a new Fender Mustang. Wow, I was 14 years of age. Now then, that does not mean to say that I haven't owned Fender guitars since then.... For your edification I have owned a 54' Strat for 40 years and I have had my 58' for 39 years. Yeah, I am an old guy (60). Now then, let us speak about the new 59' Slab Strats. I was interested in getting a rosewood neck Strat and at the same time, I wasn't about to pay 17 grand or more for 59'-62' model. I was speaking to a sales guy at Shreveport Music about a another instrument (62' re-issue) and he was just raving about the new ones. Given his background, he had worked for Fender in the CBS days, I checked these guitars out. I bought one and cannot be happier. You say that the finish is dead on and you are right. The tone and playability of the instrument is on par with the originals, I should know as I have owned a few of them, besides the ones that I have owned forever. Great Job.

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Best Ive ever played!

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Niallser86 on July 19, 2013
Semi-Professional Blues Rock

This is without doubt the best Strat I've ever played, I purchased the sonic blue from my local music store and I must say I'm over the moon with it. The five way switch gives some great tones but the real star of the show is the neck profile, it's a slim D shape and it plays really well. All round fantastic strat!

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Extreme playability

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spiritpen on July 12, 2013 (updated July 15, 2013)
Professional Blues Funk Rock Heavy Metal Folk Rap Reggae / Ska Punk

Having bought a 2006, I had become painfully aware how far strats had fallen from the glory days of my 1979. The new ones had no crown (roundness of the fingerboard) and because somebody stupidly added a 22nd fret for the rock stars among us, the 2006 was very hard to articulate in the upper registers, especially if you're a bigger guy like I am. But when I held the '59 re-ish, all it took was a look down at the neck and I was transported back in time. I could see the neck shape and the crown of the (maple- of course!!) fingerboard. After struggling for years on that 2006, I picked up the 59 re-ish and played like I hadn't played in years- easy as a baby's butt! Man, this guitar is lacking in the sexy sexy tone of that 2006, but it still sounds terrific and the playability is WAY worth it.

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Brilliant guitar

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wadedb12 on July 4, 2013 (updated July 5, 2013)
Semi-Professional Blues R&B Rock Pop Rock Folk Country

I recently bought this model, and was blown way by its playability. After 25 years of playing, I have found a neck that fit snugly in my hand, without palm or back of hand soreness. And my fingers, whilst relative fine, my palm is quite large. Guitarists (and aspiring guitarists), for decades have put up with necks unsuitable for hand and finger comfort. The range of necks now available in the vintage range in particular, circumvent this issue, with a wide range of necks and fretboard radii.
In general, the product is presented exceptionally. Opening the case is like opening a time capsule to 1959. The detail to the artifacts of the era is breathtaking. I love my new guitar!

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My favourite Strat Fender currently offers...the 59 reissue

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sonny wolf on February 19, 2013
Professional Blues Classic Rock

I have owned many Fender guitars over the years and was a big fan of the now discontinued 62 reissue Strat so I was curious to see how these new 59 reissues would compare.I play Blues and old school Rock n Roll so I want a Strat that delivers that classic vintage tone and vibe.When I played the new 59 model in a shop I was immediately impressed...it was truly a great Strat in terms of looks,tone,playability and vibe.I decided to order a sonic blue 59 and was blown away by the one Fender sent me...she looks so pretty in that color especially with the contrasting mint green pickguard.Mine is lightweight(I guess slightly over 7LBS)and the body contours and edges are sanded really round and smooth just like a vintage pre-CBS Strat should be.I really love the neck profile too...it fattens up slightly as you gradually play up the neck and the D shape feels great.The pickups sound terrific as well...very much like the real 1959-62 era slab-board Strats I have played in the past with that low output quack Strat voicing.They have less high mids than the previous 62 reissue but slightly more low mids and detailed treble.They seem to be a cross of Fender's fat 50s pickups and the custom 69s....the Fat 50s type of voicing but the lower output and transparency of the 69s.These pickups really sound authentic for all the music you would associate with the 1959-62 era Strat tone(early Hendrix,SRV ect).The tone pots are really nicely voiced and musical(although I don't use them much)and the bridge pickup is wired to the bottom tone control which comes in handy at times).The workmanship on mine is perfect.The new flash coat lacquer is really prone to chipping which is cool with me because I love a broken in.naturally relic'd guitar.I do think Fender should put a warning sticker on these new reissues to warn consumers who wish to preserve the newness of their guitars that these finishes are very fragile.The frets are described as small vintage sized ones but they seem to be slightly larger than the ones on the previous 62 reissue.

After playing my sonic Blue one for about a month I found a gorgeous sunburst 59 online with an awesome sunburst.This sunburst had a lot of black on the edges which is how like a burst to be and typical of a 1959-60 Strat.I have seen some 59 reissues that had too little black and too much brown which doesn't look right to me(note to Fender...please make sure the sunburst are typical of a 1959-60 era Strat with a lot of black on the edges).But when I saw this one I jumped on it and like my sonic blue one she is an amazing guitar...equally great in terms of playabilty and vibe.Despite being the same model,they both sound different despite being set up identically.The acoustic voicing is different on each one which proves that a guitar's tone originates in the particular pieces of wood it is built with...no two pieces are ever the same.My sonic blue one is really loud acoustically with a lot of twangy clarity whereas the sunburst one is richer in the lower mids with a rounder,smoother tone.I love both for different reasons.

I really think Fender did a great job with these new reissues...they really feel like an old 1959 mint condition Strat that was brought forward in a time machine.I don't think they are a better guitar than the previous 62 reissues overall...not in terms of playability anyways and tone is a matter of taste as both the 59 and 62 models sound great for different reasons.I do appreciate the new,no polyester undercoat on the 59s which will relic nicer than the older 62 reissue although I can't say the poly undercoat of my older 62s makes them sound any worse then these new 59s quite honestly.I do think the new 59s are over-priced though....quite a huge jump from the older 62 reissue.Luckily I got a good deal on both my 59s!!!Note to Fender...please make the 59 reissue available in fiesta red(and I mean a true red like on a USA flag for example...not reddish pink or orange like I have sometimes seen called fiesta red!!!).I would absolutely buy a 59 in that color and I am sure many others would too.

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Finally, a 1959 Strat I could afford...

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chrisM16 on February 18, 2013
Amateur Blues R&B Gospel Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Folk Bluegrass

My friends at Fender, I want to thank you so very much for this absolutely wonderfully exact recreation of a beautiful 1959 Stratocaster. I have a friend who owns an actual '59 (albeit with a replacement neck), that he claims to have purchased from Robben Ford, and if you close your eyes and listen, both guitars sound very similar. Although my new reissue is quite a bit brighter, because of its newer age, the wood, finish, pickups, etc are nowhere near as worn in as the actual '59. But looks wise, unless you are in love with the relic look, my new faded Sonic Blue (in my humble albeit prejudiced opinion) wins hands down. But I also have to say, if you had offered one in Shoreline Gold or Dakota Red, I would've opted for one of those two colors. I absolutely love the fretboard, even though usually I prefer my frets with a little more meat, but being a Telecaster afficianado, I have always loved the shorter radius. Lots of people claim a longer radius makes bending easier, and yet that didn't seem to slow down the blues guys from my era and before, so I guess it's just a matter of what you get used to. Awesome sounding, Awesome looking, Awesome playing!!! Thanks again Fender, You've made one of my dreams come true, now if you could just make an American Vintage 1966 Coronado II in Sherwood Green and an American Vintage 1975 Starcaster in Burgundy Mist, I'd be ecstatic!!

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Model Name: American Vintage '59 Stratocaster®, Slab Rosewood Fingerboard, Sherwood Green Metallic
Model Number: 0111600846
Series: American Vintage
Color: Sherwood Green Metallic

Body

Body
Body Material: Alder
Body Finish: Fender Flash Coat Lacquer
Body Shape: Stratocaster®

Neck

Neck
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Fender Flash Coat Lacquer
Neck Shape: "D" Shape
Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
Fingerboard: Slab Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius: 7.25" (184.1 mm)
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Vintage-Style
String Nut: Bone
Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
Position Inlays: Dot
Truss Rods: Vintage-Style Heel Adjust
Truss Rod Nut: Vintage-Style Slotted

Electronics

Electronics
Bridge Pickup: American Vintage '59 Single-Coil Strat
Middle Pickup: American Vintage '59 Single-Coil Strat
Neck Pickup: American Vintage '59 Single-Coil Strat
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge/Middle Pickup)
Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
Pickup Configuration: SSS

Hardware

Hardware
Bridge: 6-Saddle American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
Hardware Finish: Chrome/Nickel-Plated Steel
Tuning Machines: Single Line "Fender Deluxe" Vintage Style
Pickguard: 3-Ply Mint Green with Vintage Bevel
Control Knobs: Aged White Plastic

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous
Strings: Fender® USA 250R NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)
Unique Features: Early-1959 model in faded Three-color Sunburst has slim-profile D-shaped maple neck and single-ply white pickguard with eight holes; Later 1959 model in faded Three-color Sunburst, Black and limited faded Sonic Blue has slim-profile D-shaped maple neck, dark rosewood slab fingerboard and three-ply mint green pickguard with 10 holes; All-new pickups wound to period-correct specs and sound; Vintage-accurate bridge saddles and tuner spacing
Included Accessories: Vintage '59 Strat Strap, Cable, and Cloth; Vintage 3-Position Switch, '50s Strat Information Kit, Bridge Cover, Owner's Manual, Saddle Height Wrench
  • American Vintage '59 Stratocaster®, Slab Rosewood Fingerboard, Sherwood Green Metallic

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